Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2007

Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2007

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50. Tinariwen - Aman Iman

March 13, 2007
Critic Score
82
9 reviews

47. Yeasayer - All Hour Cymbals

October 23, 2007
Critic Score
85
15 reviews

45. Ricardo Villalobos - Fabric 36

September 10, 2007
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

44. Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends

September 18, 2007
Critic Score
75
17 reviews

43. Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement Of The Decline

April 7, 2007
Critic Score
87
9 reviews

On their first album in almost six years, Kranky's drone stars explore the difference between music and sound, turning in an effort that's much more minimal and muted than 2001's outstanding The Tired Sounds of...

42. Ghostface Killah - The Big Doe Rehab

Ghostface Killah - The Big Doe Rehab
December 4, 2007
Critic Score
75
15 reviews

40. Beirut - The Flying Club Cup

October 9, 2007
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

38. Wu-Tang Clan - 8 Diagrams

December 11, 2007
Critic Score
67
17 reviews

37. Grizzly Bear - Friend

Grizzly Bear - Friend
November 5, 2007
Critic Score
73
9 reviews

36. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog

September 25, 2007
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

35. Black Lips - Good Bad Not Evil

September 11, 2007
Critic Score
76
9 reviews

32. Sally Shapiro - Disco Romance

October 30, 2007
Critic Score
66
6 reviews

31. Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity

January 23, 2007
Critic Score
78
15 reviews

30. Caribou - Andorra

August 21, 2007
Critic Score
77
16 reviews

29. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
July 8, 2007
Critic Score
84
20 reviews

Vernon gives a soulful performance full of intuitive swells and fades, his phrasing and pronunciation making his voice as much a purely sonic instrument as his guitar.

27. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

March 6, 2007
Critic Score
85
25 reviews

On Neon Bible, the band looks outward instead of inward, their concerns more worldly than familial, and their sound more malevolent than cathartic.

26. Various Artists - After Dark

Various Artists - After Dark
October 16, 2007
Critic Score
84
4 reviews

23. Studio - Yearbook 1

Studio - Yearbook 1
August 20, 2007
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

20. Liars - Liars

August 28, 2007
Critic Score
80
14 reviews

19. Feist - The Reminder

May 1, 2007
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

18. Kanye West - Graduation

September 11, 2007
Critic Score
76
19 reviews

Though it doesn't quite match College Dropout or Late Registration in pleasure-center overload, Kanye West's third album is both his most consistent and most enterprising yet, indicating that he might actually deserve the legendary status he constantly ascribes to himself.

17. The National - Boxer

May 22, 2007
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

Like those on their last album, these songs reveal themselves gradually but surely, building to the inevitable moment when they hit you in the gut.

16. Lil Wayne - Da Drought 3

January 1, 2007
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

15. Justice - †

July 10, 2007
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

14. Deerhunter - Cryptograms

January 29, 2007
Critic Score
76
10 reviews

13. Jay-Z - American Gangster

November 6, 2007
Critic Score
81
17 reviews

12. No Age - Weirdo Rippers

June 11, 2007
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

10. Burial - Untrue

November 6, 2007
Critic Score
94
15 reviews

Untrue is an album meant to be heard at home, in the car, on headphones-- his songs feel almost like beautiful secrets being whispered to a listener.

9. The Field - From Here We Go Sublime

April 3, 2007
Critic Score
85
8 reviews

It's a bare bones compositional gambit that could wind up utterly irritating, but with the ears of a hip-hop cratedigger and the hands of a surgeon is bliss.

8. Battles - Mirrored

May 22, 2007
Critic Score
83
17 reviews

Mirrored is a breathtaking aesthetic left-turn that sounds less like rock circa 2007 than rock circa 2097, a world where Marshall stacks and micro-processing go hand in hand.

7. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

July 10, 2007
Critic Score
81
17 reviews

With Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Spoon have once again found a gray area between the poles of pop accessibility and untested studio theorizing, modifying a formula that has grown to feel familiar even as it wanders, and refusing to square the circle while doing so.

6. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam

September 10, 2007
Critic Score
82
17 reviews

The story of this record ... is the strength of Avey Tare's voice, and how his singing anchors these songs, invigorates the band's idiosyncratic melodies, and offers a clear portal into Animal Collective's utopian dreamworld.

5. of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

January 23, 2007
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

It's not the direction many of their fans might've imagined they'd take, but it's that very attribute that makes it so ceaselessly fascinating and inexhaustibly replayable.

4. Radiohead - In Rainbows

October 10, 2007
Critic Score
88
25 reviews

Radiohead's sudden willingness to embrace their capacity for uncomplicated beauty might be In Rainbows' most distinguishing quality, and one of the primary reasons it's an improvement on Hail to the Thief.

3. M.I.A. - Kala

August 21, 2007
Critic Score
85
25 reviews

For all the choices she might have made and the audiences she might have aimed at, the fresh-sounding, adventurous, and not-exactly-accessible Kala is the kind of record that obviously demanded a defined personal vision. 

2. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver

March 20, 2007
Critic Score
85
25 reviews

Far removed from the compressed, trebly, and overmastered paradigm that's gripped electronic music in the last decade, Sound of Silver sounds deep, spacious, and full-blooded.

1. Panda Bear - Person Pitch

March 20, 2007
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

It sounds like what it is: one guy alone in his bedroom trolling through music history, picking and choosing bits to make something deeply personal and all his own.

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